KARACHI: The rupee strengthened against the dollar at Rs138.67/Rs139.03 in the inter-bank market on Monday compared with Friday’s close of Rs138.69/Rs139.03, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). Last year in November, the rupee fell to an all-time low at Rs144 against the dollar in intra-day trading before recovering to Rs139.05 in the sixth round of devaluation since December 2017. Cumulatively, the rupee has lost 31.8% of its value in the last 13 months. In October 2018, a slump in the value of the rupee came after the government decided to knock at the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) door to avoid default on import payments and debt repayments. The central bank said economic data showed that the positive impact of recent stabilisation measures had started to emerge gradually. “Particularly, the current account deficit is showing early signs of improvement,” said the SBP.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2019.
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